Students are not facing the most prosperous times with regards to career prospects but recent data suggests that many are concerned about data they post online affecting their chances of getting a job.
In fact of the 500 students surveyed in a study conducted by ICO, 42% expressed concern that personal data hanging around online may affect whether companies would take them on.
Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner stated “In touch times, young people are clearly less relaxed about privacy, particularly in relation to information that they post online – but many may not know what they can do about it.”
The study revealed that for one reason or another students are failing to take steps to maintain privacy. One in three (33%) of students have not got around to re-directing their post from a previous residence.
A shocking 75% have not checked their credit rating in the past year with 66% admitting they have never checked it. This leaves them wide open to suspicious credit applications.
The ICO have conducted this survey as part of their 2011 Student Brand Ambassador Campaign. Graham comments “The Student Brand Ambassador campaign is about arming students with the advice they need to protect themselves from obvious dangers such as identity theft and keeping their social lives private.”
At Backup Technology we always look to take on graduates who have extra-curricular interests and who have had fun throughout conducting their studies. However undesirable data encountered online could severely impede students being granted an interview.